Just watched Jack Black the size of the Jolly Green Giant. Was Gulliver a big disappointment? As someone who has seen many of the versions of Gulliver’s Travels I feel that I can throw down a few opinions. Well here is my side of the story and a full review of Gulliver Travels.
Lemuel Gulliver(Jack Black) works in the mail room of one of New York’s largest magazine companies. Hey even Michael J Fox in “The Secrets of My Success “started in the mail room. Although the real problem with Gulliver, he has been the same position for ten years! Now he is showing around a new hire who eventually winds up taking Gulliver’s job. Gulliver has even had a crush on a certain woman, Darcy Silverman(Amanda Peet), but his go with the flow and lack of confidence and fascintions with Guitar Hero has kept him just too cautious to make a move. Gulliver is now at an all time low and after his recent demotion he feels he must see Darcy and tell her how he really feels. Once again Gulliver can’t get the words out right and in return Gulliver is given a proposition to do something he has never done before., travel and be a travel writer.
Did I say that Gulliver is not a writer, but somehow he convinces Darcy that he is the man for the job. Gulliver is to go travel and give a full detailed report on the area of Bermuda as in the Bermuda Triangle. Once again Gulliver’s lack of telling the truth, being bold and lack of being able to tell Darcy how he really feels has now sent him boating towards the Bermuda Triangle. Gulliver has just landed himself in an adventure when all he wanted to do was ask his crush on a date and even lied about his writing credentials when he simply copied and pasted his rough draft for Darcy from another travel magazine.
Well charma I guess comes to haunt the poor and coward-less Gulliver. In a huge typhoon Gulliver and his ship are sent to a new land and Gulliver has blacked out. He awakes on the beach and find himself tied down by thousands of little people where Gulliver landed in the land of Liliput. Gulliver is now as tall as a New York skyscraper and with no clue why or how this happened to him. The little people see Gulliver the Giant as a threat to their society and in prisons him within the lands of Liliput. There he finds the one person that may fill in what has just happened.
Gulliver meets Horatio(Jason Segel) a Lilliput inhabitant that broke a large rule in the land. He hit on the royal princess of Lilliput and because this land is sort of like a modern day Shakespearian/Chamelot influenced kingdom the King and Queen as well as the General of Arms are quite strict on their rules. All this changes when Lilliput is attacked and Gulliver saves Lilliput from disaster and the once person that was looked over, now looks over everyone else and for the first time in his life people look up to Gulliver. However will Gulliver and his trait of telling lies, stories and bad habits now affect a whole kingdom? By the way Darcy has deadlines and will she put herself in harms way because of Gulliver’s recent disappearance? Gulliver’s persona will be tested and at one point finds himself among the taller people where he is small enough to find himself in a doll house, which is quite hilarious to see Jack Blackin a doll house.
Overall this movie is three stars. It is a family film that kids enjoy but don’t recommend it to that girl you are trying to impress. Jack Black is well Jack Black as usual. Jason Segel brings some humor as well with his role as Horatio while Chris O’dowd as General Edward is kind of a dick but we all know what happens to these people in the end. Emily Blunt plays the royal princess who Horatio is in love with and is unfortunately with General Edward. The movie was directed by Rob Letterman who is also known for directing “Monster versus Aliens” and “Shark Tale.” Lastly I think this movie gets so harshly criticized because it sort of is not quite like the other Gulliver’s Travels movies books or even mini series or animated feature. Most of the time this story is portrayed like a drama/adventure movie and this certainly falls into the family comedy genre. If you like Jack Black you will enjoy it but if your not a fan then you may be disappointed.